There are two things of which you can be certain in life; there's no place like home and there's nobody like, Annie. With the heart of the tin man and the roar of the lion, Annie Clark of Canyon City, Oregon has clicked her heels together and is off to the Emerald City.

Having been born in Canyon City, a descendant of an early pioneer family, Annie has devoted much of her life to the preservation of Grant County history. As a member of the Grant Co. Genealogical Society and a volunteer for many years at the "Grant County Museum," her call to duty can easily be compared to that of her great-grandfather, Martin Anderson Lucas, who first arrived at Camp Watson in Wheeler Co., abt. 1864, in continuation to the service of his country. Yes indeed, this is a family who's roots run deep and by which spirit and pride the state of Oregon was founded.

Annie Clark along with her side-kick Sammie Laurance, are the silent brain and brawn behind this website. Without their continuous support and generous donations of material, this website would lack all substance.

And now like Dorothy, Annie is leaving behind her Kansas today. Having resided in Canyon City for 60+ years, it's time for her to pack-up her Toto, brush away the tears, and head on down that yellow brick road. So this is my tribute to Annie ...

God bless her and God bless Prineville ... for the Eagle is about to land!


Article from The Blue Mountain Eagle
By Dean Rhodes - Editor
Thursday, Nov. 27th, 1997

Ann Clark of John Day is proving you don't have to slaughter your neighbor's cows to end up in The Washington Post.

Clark, 61, a part-time waitress at Patty's Tattered Apron in John Day, is being featured in The Washington Post for a good deed she performed 17 years ago while she was running The Canyon Pastime restaurant in Canyon City.

Post columnist Dr. Gridlock writes an annual good Samaritan column where readers submit letters about good deeds done to them by strangers.

A couple living in Arlington, Va., wrote about Clark feeding them a free Thanksgiving dinner in 1980.

When the couple stopped at The Canyon Pastime [The Golden Dragon's current location], they found that Clark had prepared a Thanksgiving feast for her regular customers because many did not have anywhere to go on Thanksgiving Day.

"I used to do that all the time," Clark says. "I had single men who wanted a home-cooked meal. I said I would cook it for them if they bought the food, and we kind of just potlucked it."

Clark fed the hungry travelers and in the best holiday hospitality, refused to take any money. The travelers went on their merry way and Clark says she forgot about the incident until being called by The Post reporter last week.

Clark was scheduled to be the lead color photo for 10 weekly and extra sections for The Washington Post's Thanksgiving feature along with the couple's letter.

"I really don't know what all the fuss is about," she kept saying last week while getting her picture taken for The Post

It'll be the second time Grant County has been featured prominently in The Washington Post this year.

In March, reporter Tom Kenworthy from The Post's Denver office wrote a feature about Dr. Patrick Shipsey, who shot 11 cattle owned by Mt. Vernon rancher Robert Sproul.

The Washington Post is the fifth-largest U.S. daily newspaper with a circulation of 775,894.

1998 Roxann Gess Smith
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